One week into the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, and it’s been fun (and stretching) to make connections with Star Wars and Advent. It is absurd to some degree, but I hope it thought-provoking as well. Enjoy.
Today we are greeted with a mini Royal N-1 Starfighter. These ships were predominant in the ending battle of The Phantom Menace.
The N-1 Starfighter was considered the pinnacle of the Naboo fleet. With Naboo being regal, amongst humans, and the term “royal” in the ship’s name, this starfighter is fit for a king. Instead, it was the opposite of a king that is known for flying this ship.
At the end of The Phantom Menace, we see 8-year old Anakin Skywalker, fly into space and destroy a Federation Central Control Ship. While Anakin was considered the Chosen One, he was also a former slave who grew up poor. A ship fit for a king is flown by a pauper.
Advent has us looking toward our king, Jesus. People expected the Messiah, the King…the Chosen One to come in power and pomp. This was not God’s intention.
For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. —Isaiah 53:2 (ESV)
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
—John 1:45-46 (ESV)
Jesus’ humble origins were prophesied about, and in his day his hometown was considered a disreputable place.* His rise to power came from an inauspicious beginning.
*Many years ago, I was part of an event to minister at a juvenile detention center. It deserves its own post for the absurdity of it. One of the highlights/lowlights was some of the entertainment. A guy went into this explanation of how Jesus was a gangster, just like the youth being held at the detention center, and then he rapped about it. “He was a hoodlum, hoodlum / Straight up G from Nazareth!” Yea Gangsta’ Jesus!**
**And I’m connecting Jar Jar Binks to Satan. Granted, I’m not taking myself too seriously.
Jesus will reign, and his coming glory will be regal and beautiful. While on Earth, though, he was a pauper. A humble origin, like with his forefather King David.